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Press Release | Sept. 1, 2023

U.S. participates in Exercise Bright Star in Egypt


TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. military forces will join the Egyptian Armed Forces, as well as other participating nations, for Exercise BRIGHT STAR 2023 at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt, 31 August – 14 September 2023.  BRIGHT STAR 2023 builds on the strategic security relationship between Egypt and the United States.  

Approximately 1500 U.S. servicemembers will participate in BRIGHT STAR 23. The focus will be on regional security and cooperation while promoting interoperability in conventional and irregular warfare scenarios. The exercise will consist of field training exercises (FTX), a command post exercise (CPX) focused on military decision-making process, military academics, Command and Control, Combined Joint Task Force planning and a senior level leadership Seminar. 

“BRIGHT STAR has long been an example of the military-to-military partnerships in the CENTCOM area of responsibility,” said Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of CENTCOM. “This year’s exercise demonstrates the strength of the U.S.-Egyptian military cooperation and deepens the interoperability of all the partnering Nations.” 

Bright Star 23 is a preeminent exercise that highlights partnerships which play a leading role in counterterrorism, regional security, and the efforts to combat the spread of violent extremism.  Bright Star is one of the longest-running exercises in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility. The first Bright Star exercise took place in 1980 with this year being the 18th iteration.